May 25, 2016

To: WoodenBoat Devotees

We just received the new book Boatbuilding on Mount Desert Island. MDI is the big island not far from Brooklin, Maine, and home to Acadia National Park, as well as having a rich history of boatbuilding--especially lobsterboats, given the local needs. You'll not only read about the families, but see plenty of boats from Rich Brothers, Stanleys, Hinckleys, and more.

Looking for a more hands-on pursuit? Basic Decoy Carving by Walt Simmons might be your ticket. Walt (of Lapstrake Boatbuilding fame) has produced quite the handy book to jump start or add to your carving skill set. "Comb" bound, for easy use on your workbench, tips and insights from years of experience are at the ready within the 200+ pages.

Summertime is coming, and to help protect you from those mean and nasty UV rays, we have a variety of Nylon caps rated from 45 to 50+ for sun protection. Might as well look sharp and smart.

What event is just one month away? The WoodenBoat Show held at Mystic Seaport Museum, Mystic, Connecticut from June 24-26. And, there's a new, helpful addition on the WBShow site: Links for Exhibitors.

And lastly, from our list of True Signs of Summer: WoodenBoat School Alumni have returned this week to help get the school ready for this coming season. 30-40 alumni come each week for two weeks prior to the start of courses, with the mission of getting boats, tools, and shops ready for opening day. This long-standing tradition is quite the effort, and quite the testament to what a unique place Rich Hilsinger and company run.

-Scot & Crew

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